Always bring a few extra copies of your resume to an interview. Sometimes the interviewers forgot to print them out, sometimes they grab Bob or Fred, who wasn't scheduled be in the interview, to come in and ask you a few questions. Having a couple copies on hand will come in handy, and you'll come off as professional and prepared. Additionally, references, copies of your writing samples (if requested), etc. A printed googlemap of the way to the interview location wouldn't be a bad idea either.
Also, take these documents in a leather portfolio. You don't want to show up to a job interview with your backpack from school, and you don't want to have the resumes all folded and wrinkled from being in your pocket. This is such an important part of looking and acting professional that when my younger brothers graduated from college in May, my graduation gifts to the two of them were leather portfolios. They both looked at me funny at first, and then thanked me later.
Quality of paper doesn't mean squat to some people, and does mean something to others. You may as well go for pleasing the people that care, since using high quality paper isn't ever going to count against you, and you never know when it will count for you.
Your printable job interview preparation checklist
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You got the call for an interview - congratulations! In the grand scheme of things, the hard part is behind you. An interview means three things:
1.That the place you've applied to feels like you are one of the best candidates for the position
2.On paper it already looks like you can do the job
3. You've got to prove both number one and number two in an interview
Interviews are about 80 percent preparation and 20 percent execution. The more prepared you are, the better you'll do.
Print off this checklist and be sure to check each thing off before you walk out the door.
1. Resume copies
Not every person has a resume, and not every position needs one. But it never hurts to print off a copy for yourself and for each person you're interviewing with. If you don't have a resume, print your Snagajob profile. Just sign in to My Profile and click "Print your profile."
2. A pen
It might seem silly, but this could be the difference between appearing prepared and looking disorganized. Having your own pen says "I've thought ahead," and that speaks volumes to a future employer.
3. A notepad
Things like phone numbers, addresses, names, and information for drug testing facilities are all things you might need to write down during an interview. Having your own paper is like having your own pen. It's all about being prepared and making you stand out in the hiring manager's mind.
Think of three people who can vouch for your ability to do a great job in the position you're interviewing for. These people should not be related to you! You should feel confident they'll return a phone call from the hiring manager, and you should tell your references ahead of time that they might be contacted. Once you've thought of these people, type up their full name, phone number and their relationship to you. Print out this list and bring one copy for each person you are interviewing with.
Think of a few questions you'd like to ask the hiring manager about the position and write them down so you'll remember to ask them. "How much does this position pay?" should not be on the list. Wait until the hiring manager brings it up.
6. Directions and contact information
If you have any doubt about whether you know how to get to the interview, print out directions. You don't want to get lost, because getting lost could make you late, and being late could cost you the job. On the top of the directions, write down the name and contact information of the person you're interviewing with. You want to be sure you can get in touch with them should anything go wrong.
7. Breath mints or gum
Trust us on this one; it's just a good idea. Just be sure to get rid of it before your interview starts (swallowing it or throwing it away are the only acceptable options here).
There are a lot of things to remember, so be sure to keep them all in the same place. Putting all the papers listed above in one folder or briefcase will ensure that you won't leave anything out by accident. Plus, you'll look organized during the interview.
Now that you've got everything ready, just get a good night's sleep, be sure to dress for success and relax. You're going to ace your interview, and pretty soon you'll be worried about your first day.